Fritz the Cat may have lost one of his lives in the comics, but in his new movie, he has eight more lives left to go! While his wife screams at him, Fritz lights up a joint and reminiscences about what could have been.
A persiflage on the protest movements of the 60s. Its hero is the bold and sex-obsessed tom-cat Fritz the Cat, as created by the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb. Quitting university Fritz the Cat wanders through the hash, Black Panther and Hell's Angels scenes to find to himself.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Footage from the film was edited into the music video for rapper Guru's 2007 song "State of Clarity". See more »
When Fritz is attempting to fix Winston's Volkswagen Beetle after it's broken down in the desert, he opens the hood. Since it's a Beetle and the engine is located in the back of the car, he goes around to the back but leaves the hood up. Throughout the rest of the scene, the hood alternates from either being up or down. See more »
Hey, yeah - the 1960s? Happy times, heavy times.
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Earlier prints of the film have the photographs during the end credits in black and white, while the 2001 MGM DVD release has the photographs in sepia tone. See more »
I enjoyed this animated film because it was slow paced and could be easily watched over a pint or something more sedatory. The characters suffer the usual problems of nazi state anti drug cultures whilst at the same time try to rise above the constraints. Fritz is a cat who certainly has nine lives and seems able to get the pussy - cats and doesnt ever lose hius head, stays cool amongst his pals. Like an x rated top cat episode.
If you follow Ralph Bakshis work you can see how he tries to develop characters that dont try to explain themselves to you with over obvious monologues, they just are the way they are, take it or leave it. This style pops up in all his animations and indeed may have been the reason "Cool World" (Bakshis Animation/live action flick) was misunderstood by many because of its multilayered self possessed characters. (I loved Cool World) You may get the feeling you need to know more about the characters before watching the film. However I have never seen any Robert Crumb comics, but still enjoyed Fritz The Cat.
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